NOTE: This is a continuation of last year’s Dear Diary Challenge titled: The Journal of Talon Tantiss. I am going to attempt to write this year’s diary so everybody can understand it, but I realize it is going to be difficult sometimes. This original character has been developed throughout a number of fanfics spanning two years. First there was the story Second to None which was a L/M love story, but it also explained the origin of Talon’s father Mark Tantiss. Then there was The Journal of Mark Tantiss, followed by Second To None: Sacrifices. The first story introduced Talon Tantiss and the second fleshed out the character a bit. Finally there was The Journal of Talon Tantiss that fully characterized the man from his teens until his marriage. If you want to read any of these stories you can find the link in my signature. They are archived over at FFN. They are also on this site and can be found by searching the title. I think the truncation issue only affects Second To None. The first post is probably more of a rehash for people who didn't read the other stories. Thanks for reading! ~JL~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ENTRY 1 45.2 ABY- Coruscant I have kept a journal of my adventures since 32 ABY when I was just an eighteen-year-old Jedi Apprentice. Now I am thirty-one years of age, an experienced Jedi Knight, newly married and father to a boy named Marcus conceived during a short-lived previous relationship. Anybody reading this journal in the future should probably read my diary from my days as a single man if you want the entire backstory of my life, but just in case that journal is ever destroyed or lost I will give any readers a quick review of my overly complex life so far. My name is Talon Tantiss. I am the youngest son of retired Jedi Master Mark Tantiss and Kira Starkos Tantiss. I have a brother named Jaden who is currently married to Jysella Horn Tantiss and have a daughter named Jessa. They are Jedi Healers. I am biologically related to the Skywalker and Solo family and through marriage I am linked to the Karrde Family. How we are all related is a key part to my story. My father was a clone found deep within Emperor Palpatine’s secret mountain facility on the planet Wayland. Around 8 or 9 ABY the crazy Jedi Joruus C’baoth had acquired Jedi Master Luke Skywalker DNA by way of his severed hand he lost on Bespin (how C’baoth got Master Skywalker’s hand is still a mystery to me. Did a Bespin janitor sweep it up and decide to keep it? How did C’baoth get it? Was it on sale on the Holonet? ‘For sale: Jedi lightsaber—comes with poseable Jedi hand!’ Who knows?). Anyway, crazy C’baoth took Skywalker’s DNA and made two clones. One was a normal copy of Luke Skywalker, the other had its DNA manipulated to make him into a Imperial Sentinel—which is a genetically altered, three meter tall, muscular giant created to be a brain dead extension of C’baoth’s will. Mara Jade killed the regular sized clone but the extra large clone was saved before his intended chemical lobotomization and taken to Coruscant to be trained as a Jedi. That second clone is my father. Dad has spent all of his life trying to hide the fact that he was Uncle Luke’s genetic copy. He dyed his hair red and his irises green. Of course, his disguise was helped along by his enormous size. Instead he tells people he is Mara Jade’s long lost brother. Because of this back-story I am officially known as the cousin to the large Skywalker family (oldest son Ben, twins Jak and Owen and daughter Hanna) and also a non-blood relative to the Solo children (twins Jaina and Jacen and younger brother Anakin). Of course I am a blood relative to both families because dad is Luke’s clone and is considered the same as an identical twin brother…although they no longer look alike. My dad never grew to the standard height of an Imperial Sentinel. He is 2.15 meters tall and weighs 125 kilograms—far less than the three-meter and the two hundred kilo frame of Imperial Sentinels of the past. I was born, raised and trained at the temple along with all my cousins. As adults, my cousin Ben and I started dating the two daughters of Talon Karrde and his wife Zara Maru Karrde. I ended up marrying Zylie Karrde and Ben married Valla Karrde. Which brings me to my current wedded status. We all got married in a joint ceremony and after going off on our separate honeymoons with our gorgeous brides Ben and I are finally back on Coruscant with our wives. While the ladies are off shopping, Ben and I have spent the last few hours checking out our impressive wedding gift from the Skywalker, Tantiss and Karrde families—a Wayfarer-class medium transport. It is a Freighter that not only has a massive cargo space, but a hanger bay module where Ben and I can store our StealthX fighters. Our parents purchased the ship so Zylie and Valla could continue working in the family trader business, but at the same time spend more time with their totally whipped husbands. Ha! Zylie and Valla grew up on their father’s ship Wild Karrde, so this is no big deal to them. This is going to be a unique experience for Ben and me. Luckily, Ben and I have been roommates at the Temple for the last few years, so we know we can get along. Now we need to find out if we can live on a freighter (albeit a large freighter) with our wives for the next…I don’t know…forever. Till death do us part was what we all vowed. Hopefully we won’t all get cabin fever and make that vow come to fruition prematurely. I'll write more in this journal later. I need to get something to eat.